– Remember when everyone thought Oakland would win the AL West this year? I mean, it’s obviously not too late, but they’ve lost nine in a row.
— The first six were to the Yankees and Red Sox. Fine. These last three have been to the…….. Orioles.
– Carl Pavano went 7 IP with 1 R against Cleveland and got a no decision.
— Matt Capps blew the save for him, giving up a game-tying home run to Jack Hannahan with two out in the ninth inning.
— Who got the win in this game? You guessed it – Matt Capps.
—- The Twins have won six of seven to pull within… eleven and a half games of Cleveland. Oh.
– The Cubs hit back-to-back homers.
— Carlos Quentin and Prince Fielder hit two home runs.
— Quentin’s team lost.
—- Mostly because of Miguel Olivo, who hit a home run and a tiebreaking double in the Mariners’ game against the White Sox. Honestly, I mention this only to point out his home/road splits from last year – .318/.349/.556 at home, .211/.276/.322 away – and his first half/second half splits from then too – .325/.377/.548 in the first half, .193/.225/.313 in the second.
– Matt Cain won today with a complete game where he struck out 11.
— He also had an RBI double.
— The last out of this game was a HBP that the batter swung at and missed, so, strikeout.
– The Mets scored five runs in the top of the eighth to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 6-2 advantage.
— They scored a run off Randy Wolf because he balked. This was the first balk in his career.
— Pedro Beato, who was really good at one point this season, gave up a two-run double to Ryan Braun to cut it to 6-4. Jason Isringhausen, making a nice comeback story for himself, gave up Prince Fielder’s second home run of the game to make it 6-6.
—- In the bottom of the ninth, the Brewers walked off. Against the Mets maybe this isn’t SO unpredictable, but the Mets actually haven’t had a walk-off win OR a walk-off loss this year – before this game. Scoring the winning run was Craig Counsell, who had walked to lead off the bottom of the eighth.
—– Oh, and Ronny Paulino went 4-for-4 in this game with a home run, by the way.
– Derek Lowe had a no-hitter through 6.1.
— This isn’t so much surprising as much as it was broken up by Greg Dobbs.
– The Pirates needed fifteen hits over twelve innings to score three runs, and win.
— Against the red-hot Diamondbacks.
— The Pirates are .500! The Pirates are .500!
—- this with Pedro Alvarez, who I had a prospect crush on and who I still think will be really good, actually putting up a negative WAR. On the other hand, their pitching is killing it, so.